Edmond Memorial Bulldogs football
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|2012-11-02||vs||Putnam West||W||61 - 14|
|2012-11-08||@||Edmond North||L||7 - 34|
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Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 4: Scott Wright Owasso 24, Norman North 22 OCS 21, Millwood 20 Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 35, Enid 28 Guthrie 28, McGuinness 20 Tipton 56, Grandfield 16 Roland 35, Spiro […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 4
Trent Shadid | Sep 25, 2014Here's how The Oklahoman's high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 4: Scott Wright Owasso 24, Norman North 22 OCS 21, Millwood 20 Edmond Santa Fe 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 35, Enid 28 Guthrie 28, McGuinness 20 Tipton 56, Grandfield 16 Roland 35, Spiro 28 Del City 34, Ardmore 31 Tulsa Kelley 31, Tulsa Memorial 28 Lock of the week: Choctaw over Enid. Coming off its first loss of the season, Choctaw will bounce back strong. And with the Yellowjackets’ motivation to get to the playoffs for the first time in 30 years, the district opener is a big motivator for them. Enid is a solid team, but Bartlesville showed last week that you can score on that stout defense, which hadn’t allowed more than 16 points in a game the first two weeks. Jacob Unruh Owasso 21, Norman North 17 OCS 28, Millwood 20 Edmond Memorial 24, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Fort Gibson 28, Sallisaw 21 Choctaw 30, Enid 21 Guthrie 21, McGuinness 15 Tipton 40, Grandfield 32 Roland 34, Spiro 29 Del City 35, Ardmore 28 Tulsa Kelley 30, Tulsa Memorial 27 Lock of the week: Del City over Ardmore. The Eagles had a tough time the past two weeks, falling to Class 6A foes. But they'll rebound this week behind Terry Wilson, who looked very impressive in last week's loss to rival Midwest City. Trent Shadid Norman North 28, Owasso 27 OCS 17, Millwood 13 Edmond Memorial 31, Edmond Santa Fe 28 Fort Gibson 23, Sallisaw 20 Choctaw 35, Enid 30 Guthrie 24, McGuinness 21 Tipton 50, Grandfield 36 Roland 42, Spiro 35 Del City 27, Ardmore 21 Tulsa Kelley 24, Tulsa Memorial 20 Lock of the week: OCS over Millwood. Both teams showed the ability to be serious contenders once again in Class 2A while going 3-0 against tough non-district opponents, so expect this game to go a long ways towards deciding District 2A-2 champion. The Saints get my pick behind an offense averaging better than 36 points per game. Here are the standings after Week 2: Jacob (15-15, 3-0) Scott (15-15, 1-2) Trent (15-15, 1-2)
Sep 24, 2014
GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation will go into effect Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie...
Guthrie high school athletic director Gary Boxley resigns
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Sep 24, 2014GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation will go into effect Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson told The Oklahoman. “He said he has some professional opportunities,” Simpson said. “He didn’t indicate what. “There was nothing forced (from the school district) or anything like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him and I’m sorry to see him go.” Attempts to reach Boxley have been unsuccessful. In 2008, Boxley’s title was changed to co-athletic director alongside former football coach Rafe Watkins. He was given the sole responsibility of athletic director when Watkins left for Muskogee last spring. The search is expected to begin immediately for Boxley’s replacement.
After 14 years as the Bluejays’ AD, Boxley is leaving to pursue business opportunities
High schools: Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley resigns
By Jacob Unruh | Sep 24, 2014GUTHRIE — Guthrie athletic director Gary Boxley has resigned following a 14-year career with the Bluejays. Boxley’s resignation is effective Oct. 3. He was named the school’s athletic director in 2000 following coaching stints at Crescent, Marlow, Perry and Edmond Memorial, along with some time in private business. It’s other business opportunities that led to this decision, Guthrie superintendent Mike Simpson told The Oklahoman. “He said he has some professional opportunities,” Simpson said. “He didn’t indicate what. “There was nothing forced (from the school district) or anything like that. I’ve got nothing but respect for him and I’m sorry to see him go.” Attempts to reach Boxley have been unsuccessful. In 2008, Boxley’s title was changed to co-athletic director alongside former football coach Rafe Watkins. He was returned the sole responsibility of athletic director when Watkins left for Muskogee last spring. During Boxley’s tenure, Guthrie won 11 state championships. He led the Bluejays personally to two state championships in track and three state runner-up finishes. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010 and was named the organization’s Coach of the Year in 2009. The search is expected to begin immediately for Boxley’s replacement.
Sep 20, 2014
The COAC was formed in August 2013 by seven school districts — Edmond, Deer Creek, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Stillwater and Yukon. Now, instead of each school being responsible for finding its own nondistrict opponents, scheduling is now done collaboratively.
How the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference has changed nondistrict football scheduling
BY JACOB UNRUH, Staff Writer | Sep 20, 2014When the football schedule came out this season, Deer Creek coach Grant Gower and his staff discussed the possibility they could start the season 0-3. An opener against Class 6A-II Stillwater followed by Class 6A-I’s Norman and Yukon were a tough draw for Class 5A Deer Creek, and it resulted in that very start. “Obviously our goal is to go win every football game, no matter who it’s against,” Gower said. “With the level of competition being ramped up, we have to continue to meet that.” Welcome to the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference, the first Oklahoma high school conference to change the outlook of nondistrict football scheduling. Instead of each school being responsible for finding its own nondistrict opponents, scheduling is now done collaboratively. “You always put so much emphasis on district games and now for the first time we have a little bit of interest in nondistrict games, not just Edlam and Moore War,” Edmond Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “It’s been interesting.” The COAC was formed in August 2013 by seven school districts — Edmond, Deer Creek, Moore, Mustang, Norman, Stillwater and Yukon. One purpose was to help the schools maintain a high level of scheduling with the Class 6A split and with every other sport at the varsity and subvarsity level. And it’s worked well, even with a few surprises. Stillwater is 3-0 after wins against Deer Creek, Mustang and Edmond North. The Pioneers won just two games last season. “We haven’t won a lot of games in the last two years, but I’ve always believed you need to play some good teams early to find out where you are and where you need to improve,” Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. “We absolutely wanted to play some difficult competition and we certainly got some and we’re fortunate to finish it with three wins.” Even Deer Creek is happy with the conference, even if the wins have yet to show. “We could go play Nowhereville, Okla., and win 77-0, but what do you get out of that?” Gower said. “The reality of it is, it’s a big step playing the schedule we’ve got but we embrace it. I don’t want to be 0-3, but it’s a big part of the schedule and we’re excited about the new conference.” There were still challenges when forming the conference. With the new Class 6A format, some schools were having problems completing their schedule. Some Class 6A-I schools even refused to schedule a team in Division II. But Edmond Memorial athletic director Bill Bays sat down with the conference members and worked tirelessly to solve any issues. “He really took the lead on it and I guess I can refer to him as, ‘The schedule master,’” Nunley said. “He tried to make it as fair and he did a great job of sitting down and trying to take all of those factors into play. “Everyone was going to have to make some sacrifices in order for us all to meet the needs of the conference. I really compliment the members of the conference on being able to make those sacrifices.” Nunley also said the biggest difference has been the schedules for junior varsity and freshman games. All are now being played on Monday and they have a full schedule. But Friday nights are more noticeable, with former district opponents like Edmond Santa Fe and Southmoore squaring off despite being in different districts, and rivalry games remaining intact. That’s what thrills members of the conference moving forward. “I think there’s a lot more parity in football than people want to think when you take a few schools out of it,” Nunley said. “The records kind of indicate that. I think that’s been the positive about the football aspect of it.”
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 3: Scott Wright Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 Heritage Hall 28, Davis 27 McAlester 28, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 27, Millwood 22 Tulsa Union 31, Broken Arrow 17 Jenks 31, Owasso 24 Wagoner 28, Fort Gibson 22 Christian Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 3
Trent Shadid | Sep 18, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 football games in Week 3: Scott Wright Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 Heritage Hall 28, Davis 27 McAlester 28, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 27, Millwood 22 Tulsa Union 31, Broken Arrow 17 Jenks 31, Owasso 24 Wagoner 28, Fort Gibson 22 Christian Heritage 22, Talihina 14 Midwest City 24, Del City 22 Edmond Memorial 28, Mustang 24 Lock of the week: Wagoner over Fort Gibson. Fort Gibson played well in its first game without starting QB J.R. Singleton, defeating Hilldale last week. But the experience of the four-year starter will be missed this week against a Wagoner team that won’t make many mistakes. Jacob Unruh Norman North 45, Westmoore 38 Heritage Hall 31, Davis 28 McAlester 21, Pryor 17 Cascia Hall 28, Millwood 21 Tulsa Union 35, Broken Arrow 21 Jenks 28, Owasso 20 Wagoner 28, Ft. Gibson 24 Talihina 35, Christian Heritage 21 Midwest City 21, Del City 18 Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 17 Lock of the week: Talihina over Christian Heritage. Talihina quarterback Alan Lockhart had crazy numbers last season and is off to another strong start this season. He’ll be too much for the CHA defense. Trent Shadid Westmoore 35, Norman North 28 Davis 21, Heritage Hall 20 McAlester 27, Pryor 24 Cascia Hall 20, Millwood 13 Tulsa Union 38, Broken Arrow 28 Jenks 35, Owasso 24 Wagoner 22, Fort Gibson 20 Talihina 30, Christian Heritage 28 Midwest City 20, Del City 14 Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 13 Lock of the week: Westmoore over Norman North. Both teams are loaded on offense, and Norman North quarterback John Kolar may be the best player on the field. But defense will be needed to win this Class 6A-I showdown, and Westmoore appears to be the better team on that side of the ball. Here are the standings after Week 2: Scott (11-9, 1-1) Jacob (10-10, 2-0) Trent (8-12, 0-2)
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Mustang at Edmond Memorial, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Norman at Moore, Cox 703/KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normanhighlive.com 8 p.m., Lubbock Cooper at Stephenville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Auburn at Kansas State, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640 6:30 p.m., Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southeastern (OK) at...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Sept. 18
Sep 17, 2014THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Mustang at Edmond Memorial, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Norman at Moore, Cox 703/KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normanhighlive.com 8 p.m., Lubbock Cooper at Stephenville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Auburn at Kansas State, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640 6:30 p.m., Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southeastern (OK) at Henderson St., CBSS (Cox 249) NFL 7:20 p.m., Tampa Bay at Atlanta, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/WWLS-FM 98.1 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2:30 p.m., Texas at Oakland, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., Milwaukee at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 4:30 a.m. (Fri.), Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 9 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER Noon, Part. Belgrade vs. Tottenham, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Everton vs. Wolfsburg, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Kansas City vs. Saprisso, FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., USA vs. Mexico, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Tennessee at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275) FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Southmoore at Ed. Santa Fe, KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., Norman North at Westmoore, KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/www.normannorthlive.com 7 p.m., Yukon at Deer Creek, KZLS-AM 1640/KTOK-AM 1000/www.coxhshub.com 7 p.m., Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union, Cox 703 7 p.m., McEachern vs. Lovejoy (Ga.), ESPNU (Cox 253) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 1 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, WGN (Cox 2) 7 p.m., Detroit at Kansas City, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 7 p.m., Cincinnati at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) AUTO RACING 8:30 a.m., Formula One Practice, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11 a.m., Sprint Cup Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 12:30 p.m., Truck Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Truck Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 3:30 p.m., Sprint Cup Qualifying, FS1 (Cox 67) 5:30 p.m., Nationwide Series Practice, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., ARCA, FS1 (Cox 67) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., UConn at South Florida, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 9 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) 6:30 p.m., Pacific Links, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 9 p.m., Colorado at Salt Lake, NBCSN (Cox 251) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., Mississippi at Mississippi St., SECN (Cox 275) 7:30 p.m., UCLA at Texas, LHN (Cox 274)
WEDNESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2:30 p.m., San Francisco at Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m., Washington at Atlanta, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Milwaukee at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m., Texas at Oakland, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 9 p.m., Seattle at L.A. Angels, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 4:30 a.m. (Thu.), Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., Barcelona vs. APOEL, FSOK...
Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18
Sep 16, 2014WEDNESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2:30 p.m., San Francisco at Arizona, MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m., Washington at Atlanta, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., Milwaukee at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 9 p.m., Texas at Oakland, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 9 p.m., Seattle at L.A. Angels, ESPN (Cox 29) GOLF 4:30 a.m. (Thu.), Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER 1:30 p.m., Barcelona vs. APOEL, FSOK (Cox 37)/FSPLUS (Cox 68) 1:30 p.m., Bay. Munich vs. Man. City, FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m., Georgetown at Princeton, ESPNU (Cox 253) THURSDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Mustang at Edmond Memorial, KNAH-FM 99.7 7 p.m., Norman at Moore, Cox 703/KOKC-AM 1520/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 8 p.m., Lubbock Cooper at Stephenville, ESPN2 (Cox 28) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6:30 p.m., Auburn at Kansas State, ESPN (Cox 29)/WWLS-AM 640 6:30 p.m., Ark.-Pine Bluff at Alabama St., ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Southeastern (OK) at Henderson St., CBSS (Cox 249) NFL 7:20 p.m., Tampa Bay at Atlanta, KWTV-9 (Cox 10)/WWLS-FM 98.1 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2:30 p.m., Texas at Oakland, FSOK (Cox 37)/KGHM-AM 1340 7 p.m., L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs, MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m., Milwaukee at St. Louis, FSPLUS (Cox 68) GOLF 4:30 a.m. (Fri.), Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 9 a.m., Wales Open, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Web.com Tour, GOLF (Cox 60) 4 p.m., LPGA: Yokohama Classic, GOLF (Cox 60) MEN’S SOCCER Noon, Part. Belgrade vs. Tottenham, FS1 (Cox 67) 2 p.m., Everton vs. Wolfsburg, FS1 (Cox 67) 7 p.m., Kansas City vs. Saprisso, FS1 (Cox 67) WOMEN’S SOCCER 6 p.m., USA vs. Mexico, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m., Tennessee at Texas A&M, SECN (Cox 275)
Sep 14, 2014
Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west.
Top 10 games for Week 3 of Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 14, 2014The final week of non-district games for most teams, Week 3 is loaded with intriguing matchups, including a Class 6A-I showdown that’ll give us an early idea of who might be the best in the west. Here are the top 10 games of Week 3: No. 1: Norman North (2-0) at Westmoore (2-0) No. 2: Heritage Hall (2-0) at Davis (2-0) No. 3: Pryor (2-0) at McAlester (2-0) No. 4: Cascia Hall (2-0) at Millwood (2-0) No. 5: Broken Arrow (1-1) at Tulsa Union (1-1) No. 6: Jenks (1-1) at Owasso (2-0) No. 7: Wagoner (1-1) at Fort Gibson (2-0) No. 8: Talihina (2-0) at Christian Heritage (2-0) No. 9: Del City (1-1) at Midwest City (1-1) No. 10: Mustang (1-1) at Edmond Memorial (2-0), Thursday
Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, […]
Prep football picks: Week 2 staff has split opinions on Union-Jenks
Trent Shadid | Sep 11, 2014Here are The Oklahoman high school sports writers’ predictions of the top 10 games for Week 2 of the football season: Scott Wright Tulsa Union 31, Jenks 28 Lawton 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Douglass 28, Millwood 24 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 20 Edmond Memorial 20, Edmond North 14 Kingfisher 40, Hennessey 20 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Heritage Hall 24, Clinton 21 Oklahoma Christian 24, Metro Christian 20 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 22 Lock of the Week: Tulsa Union over Jenks. Last year, Jenks made an early statement with a big win against one of Texas’ best teams. Union didn’t pull off the win last week, but took Southlake Carroll to overtime. Last year’s Backyard Bowl came down to playmakers, and the team with the most won. Right now, I think Union has the most. Jacob Unruh Tulsa Union 35, Jenks 28 Lawton 35, Lawton MacArthur 34 Douglass 21, Millwood 14 Midwest City 17, Carl Albert 15 Edmond Memorial 28, Edmond North 20 Kingfisher 27, Hennessey 17 Pryor 24, Wagoner 20 Clinton 21, Heritage Hall 20 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian School 31 Broken Bow 28, Idabel 24 Lock of the Week: Edmond Memorial over Edmond North. The Bulldogs’ defense was very impressive last week against Southmoore, and if it plays nearly that well it will be enough to slow down a gritty Edmond North team. Trent Shadid Jenks 27, Tulsa Union 24 Lawton 34, Lawton MacArthur 30 Douglass 22, Millwood 20 Midwest City 21, Carl Albert 14 Edmond Memorial 14, Edmond North 13 Kingfisher 35, Hennessey 20 Pryor 37, Wagoner 30 Clinton 28, Heritage Hall 27 Metro Christian 35, Oklahoma Christian 28 Broken Bow 20, Idabel 19 Lock of the Week: Kingfisher over Hennessey. The Yellowjackets defeated Class 4A preseason top-10 Woodward 38-0 last week. While Hennessey is expected to contend for a title in 2A, don’t expect the Eagles to pull off an upset over the top team in 3A. Here are the standings after Week 1: Jacob (6-4, 1-0) Scott (5-5, 0-1) Trent (5-5, 0-1)
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 8, 2014
The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a […]
The Oklahoman's Class 6A-I rankings: Edmond Memorial, North move up heading into Week 2 showdown
Scott Wright | Sep 8, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/13/2014/09/Mayerske.jpg]3382733[/img] Edmond Memorial’s Mick Mayerske (15) quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a win over Southmoore that bumped Memorial up to No. 5 in this week’s rankings. The second of three Edlam battles is on tap for Week 2 of the high school football season, and both teams involved — Edmond Memorial and Edmond North — moved up in the Class 6A Division I poll after wins over ranked opponents in the opening week. Edmond Memorial downed Southmoore 20-0 to move up a spot to No. 5, and Edmond North knocked off Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 to jump into the top 10. Owasso was also a big mover after upsetting Broken Arrow. Here’s The Oklahoman’s top 10 heading into Week 2: Class 6A-I 1. Jenks, 1-0 (1) 2. Tulsa Union, 0-1 (2) 3. Norman North, 1-0 (3) 4. Westmoore, 1-0 (4) 5. Edmond Memorial, 1-0 (6) 6. Owasso, 1-0 (10) 7. Mustang, 1-0 (8) 8. Edmond North, 1-0 (NR) 9. Broken Arrow, 0-1 (5) 10. Edmond Santa Fe, 0-1 (7) Dropped out: Southmoore, 0-1 (9)
Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage […]
High school football: Staff picks for the top 10 games of Week 1
Trent Shadid | Sep 4, 2014Here’s how The Oklahoman’s high school sports staff picked the top 10 games in Week 1 of the football season: Scott Wright Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Davis 28, Vian 22 Lawton MacArthur 33, Clinton 27 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 35, Tulsa Union 28 Woodward 21, Kingfisher 20 Tuttle 28, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 38 OCS 24, Ringling 20 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 31, Owasso 17 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Brad Ballard era at Tuttle gets off to a roaring start with a win over a nearby rival and top-10 opponent. Jacob Unruh Midwest City 21, Tulsa Washington 17 Davis 27, Vian 24 Lawton MacArthur 35, Clinton 28 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 28, Tulsa Union 20 Kingfisher 28, Woodward 21 Tuttle 35, Blanchard 21 Casady 42, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 24 Edmond Memorial 28, Southmoore 24 Broken Arrow 21, Owasso 15 Lock of the week: Kingfisher over Woodward. The Yellowjackets looked impressive in a scrimmage against Blanchard last week and have key weapons like Kaden Jackson and Jace Sternberger back on defense that will cause problems for any offense. Trent Shadid Midwest City 20, Tulsa Washington 13 Davis 35, Vian 34 Lawton MacArthur 28, Clinton 22 Southlake Carroll (Texas) 24, Tulsa Union 21 Kingfisher 27, Woodward 21 Tuttle 38, Blanchard 28 Casady 37, Heritage Hall 35 OCS 35, Ringling 30 Southmoore 21, Edmond Memorial 20 Broken Arrow 28, Owasso 13 Lock of the week: Tuttle over Blanchard. The Tigers are going through their first coaching change in 21 years, but the Lions have much more to overcome early in the season after graduating nearly every key contributor from last season’s Class 3A runner-up squad. *Heritage Hall at Casady and Edmond Memorial at Southmoore will be played on Thursday night. All the other games, excluding Davis vs. Vian on Saturday afternoon in Choctaw, will be played on Friday night.
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
The Midwest City vs. Tulsa Washington football game on Friday night was not only selected as The Oklahoman's top game of Week 1 of the high school football season, it was also picked as the Air and Army National Guard Game of the Week. As part of the event, both teams will wear camouflage jerseys. Midwest City will wear digital snow camo jerseys with black trim, and Tulsa Washington will have...
High school notebook: Midwest City, Tulsa Washington to wear special jerseys
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 2, 2014The Midwest City vs. Tulsa Washington football game on Friday night was not only selected as The Oklahoman's top game of Week 1 of the high school football season, it was also picked as the Air and Army National Guard Game of the Week. As part of the event, both teams will wear camouflage jerseys. Midwest City will wear digital snow camo jerseys with black trim, and Tulsa Washington will have green camo. The game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Midwest City’s Rose Field. WAND OFFICIALLY COMMITS TO ARKANSAS STATE Edmond Memorial running back Warren Wand verbally committed to Arkansas State recently, ending an odd period of recruitment for the star running back. Wand had reportedly committed to the university early in the month, but Memorial coach Justin Meredith told The Oklahoman on Aug. 15 that he had yet to finalize his decision. The decision became official last week when Wand announced his commitment via Twitter and Instagram. “Your talent is gods gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to god! I’m so blessed to be this blessed and be OFFICIALLY COMMITTED to the University of Arkansas State,” he put in an Instagram photo wearing a Red Wolves shirt. Wand, who is No. 9 on the The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top recruits in the state, rushed for 1,769 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, but has been dealing with a quad injury during the preseason. PAPI WHITE SUFFERS KNEE INJURY AT OHIO Former Seminole star Papi White was already putting on display his speed and athleticism at Ohio this season as a true freshman, but that came to an abrupt end with a knee injury in Saturday’s opener against Kent State. He has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Kentucky, Ohio coach Frank Solich said Tuesday. White tweeted Saturday that he suffered an injury to his MCL. A member of The Oklahoman’s All-State team, White rushed for 3,133 yards and 41 TDs last season. He played receiver and running back for Ohio in the season opener. HOBART’S DALKE SECOND Hobart junior Brad Dalke, one of the top junior golfers in the country, shot a three-round total of 2-under-par 214 (72-70-72) at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to finish tied for second at the Junior Players Championship over the weekend. But the runner-up finish might not even be the most memorable moment of the trip. In a practice round last Wednesday, Dalke made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole, with the famed island green, at Sawgrass. Because it was a practice round, the ace actually came on his second attempt off the tee. “Yeah I was kind of mad,” Dalke said with a laugh. “I hit my first shot to about 15 feet, but I didn’t hit it solid, so I hit another one. “It’s still pretty cool. How many people can say they made a shot from the tee box on No. 17 at Sawgrass?” Dalke has another special experience coming up later this month. He’ll leave for Blairgorie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland, on Sept. 18 to participate in the Junior Ryder Cup. He’ll get to stay after the three-day event to watch the professionals compete in the Ryder Cup as well. YUKON’S WALLACE, NORMAN’S SON WIN Yukon sophomore Lane Wallace defeated Southmoore’s Lance Gregory in a playoff to win the boys division of the OJGT Labor Day Classic at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City. Wallace and Gregory tied at 5-under-par 139 after two rounds. Norman’s Yujeong Son, the 13-year-old who became the youngest winner of the Oklahoma women’s state amateur over the summer, shot back-to-back rounds of 70 to win the girls event by three strokes.
The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries.
Oklahoma high school football: Top 10 games for Week 1 of the season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 31, 2014The opening week is loaded with powerful matchups of highly ranked teams and some traditional rivalries. Here are the top 10 games of the season’s first week: No. 1 Class 6A-II No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City No. 2 Class 2A No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian, 3 p.m. Saturday at Choctaw No. 3 Class 5A No. 2 Lawton MacArthur at Class 4A No. 3 Clinton No. 4 Class 6A-I No. 2 Tulsa Union at Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas No. 5 Class 4A No. 5 Woodward at 3A No. 1 Kingfisher No. 6 Class 3A No. 6 Blanchard at 4A No. 6 Tuttle No. 7 Class 3A No. 7 Heritage Hall at Casady (1-0), Thursday No. 8 Class 2A No. 10 OCS at Class A No. 2 Ringling No. 9 Class 6A-I No. 6 Edmond Memorial at No. 9 Southmoore No. 10 Class 6A-I No. 10 Owasso at No. 5 Broken Arrow *-All games Friday unless noted
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 24, 2014
Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m.
High school notebook: Choctaw to host Saturday doubleheader in Week 1
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Aug 24, 2014When Choctaw began setting up a Sept. 6 doubleheader for the first week of high school football, the school wanted it to be a big event — and accomplished it with a season-opening matchup of Class 2A’s top teams. Defending 2A champion and preseason No. 1 Davis will travel to Choctaw to meet second-ranked Vian on a neutral field. The game will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m., following another strong matchup between Class 3A No. 3 Victory Christian and Jones at 11 a.m. “We started talking about this a year ago, about doing something different,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Most states have some sort of kickoff event (to open the season). We are excited about it.” Choctaw opens its season at Sapulpa on Sept. 5. BLANCHARD’S SHORES STRIKES OUT 18 Blanchard pitcher Jaden Shores has been off to a fast start this season. But nothing was more impressive than her performance Tuesday when she struck out 18 batters in a 1-0 softball win over Little Axe. “My team backed me up when I needed it,” she said. “It wasn’t like it was all me. They had a big part of it. They’re always there to pick me up.” Shores now has 67 strikeouts in 11 games for the Lions, who are 9-4 under first-year coach Desiree Booker. “She’s been pitching really well and all of our games have been very close,” Booker said. “A lot of it is just defensive effort by her. She’s getting them to put it in play but not over the top. They’re just not really getting ahold of her. “It helps a lot with confidence. She already is taking ownership of the mound. She’s completely stepped up for us and has definitely won us some ballgames.” SOUTHMOORE OFF TO DOMINANT START Class 6A defending softball champion Southmoore went 6-0 last week, continuing its dominance early in the season. The SaberCats are now 11-1 on the season — the only loss coming to Edmond North — and outscored their opponents 52-1 last week. “I feel like we are further along,” junior Arielle James said. “I think we’ve all matured during the summer with our travel teams and I think that’s really helped us.” Southmoore travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Monday. EDMOND MEMORIAL TAKES VOLLEYBALL TITLE IN BROKEN ARROW Edmond Memorial improved to 8-0 on the young volleyball season, sweeping its way to the championship at the Broken Arrow Tournament over the weekend. Memorial took out Tulsa Kelley in the title match, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23, getting 13 kills from sophomore Alli Evans, who was named tournament MVP. Bulldog seniors Kelsi Hughes and Livi Schiffner were named to the all-tournament team. Memorial finally gets to play on the home court this week, with tough matches against Norman North on Tuesday and a rematch with Kelley on Thursday.
Aug 22, 2014
Cunningham walks with a cane and talks with a stutter. When he’s walking and talking. Cunningham currently is in the Intensive Care Unit of Denton Regional Medical Center, just off a ventilator, recovering from cardiac arrest, and yet another blood clot, and more pulmonary embolism, which blocks his lungs. Cunningham’s doctor tells him he suffers from post-concussion syndrome.
Post-concussion syndrome robs former Tulsa basketball player J.R. Cunningham of a normal life
By Berry Tramel | Aug 22, 2014ARGYLE, Texas — The first time J.R. Cunningham fell, back in June 2011, he didn’t even want to go to the hospital. Cunningham was young and healthy and vibrant. He didn’t know his brain was damaged. Didn’t know why his world-class memory had been slipping some over the years. Didn’t know his life was about to change. Now Cunningham walks with a cane and talks with a stutter. When he’s walking and talking. Cunningham currently is in the Intensive Care Unit of Denton Regional Medical Center, just off a ventilator, recovering from cardiac arrest, and yet another blood clot, and more pulmonary embolism, which blocks his lungs. Cunningham’s doctor tells him he suffers from post-concussion syndrome. Cunningham has lost his job. He’s lost his home. Cunningham’s wife, Angela, takes care of him, even to the point of helping him up and down from a chair. He hasn’t driven in two years. Most days are Groundhog Day; he lies down for hours on end, trying to evade the headaches that haven’t left him since that first time he fell, getting out only for medical trips and when he can summon the strength to make one of his kids’ ballgames or dance recitals. J.R. Cunningham is 38 years old. And in July, Cunningham filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in Dallas’ federal court, alleging neglect in the treatment of concussions. Cunningham attended both Arizona State and the University of Tulsa. But he didn’t play football. Basketball was his game. * * * J.R. Cunningham lived 21/2 blocks from Edmond Memorial High School. So even as a little kid — who was big for his age — he would wander down to the Bulldog practice. “He used to come up after school and shoot free throws with my high school team when he was a little guy,” said Mike de la Garza, who spent 22 years as the Memorial coach. “He was really tall and real verbal and would talk to people. He always had a very vibrant personality. I had him in basketball camp for years and years and years.” Cunningham was camper of the week in his final summer to attend de la Garza’s camp. Cunningham made two foul shots with one second left to win the camp’s title game. De la Garza handed Cunningham the award and said, “You’re going to make a one-and-one for us one day, and we’re going to win a state championship.” In March 1993, de la Garza was proven prophet. In the Class 5A state championship game in Tulsa, the 6-foot-7 Cunningham had 32 points and 10 rebounds and sank two foul shots with four seconds left to give Edmond Memorial a 68-67 victory over Bartlesville. A star was born. “He was so good, especially his senior year, he had to battle just to get the ball,” de la Garza said. “Every defense was set up just to stop him. He was a tough, tough kid. Played hard. Never backed down from anybody.” Cunningham eventually signed with Arizona State, didn’t like it much, transferred back to St. Gregory’s when the Shawnee school was a junior college and finally Cunningham arrived at Tulsa U. in 1996. He had nine points off the bench in TU’s 78-75 victory over OU in the 1996 All-College championship game. The next season, Bill Self became the Tulsa coach, for Cunningham’s senior season. “J.R. was a tough kid,” Self said. “He didn’t have the greatest natural athletic ability. He had to fight and scratch and claw for everything. He was one of those guys that had to play a physical style in order to get a lot done.” But Cunningham’s aggression came at a cost. He suffered multiple concussions at both Arizona State and St. Gregory’s. They weren’t necessarily diagnosed as such back then, because not even the NFL was on the lookout for concussions. But Cunningham is convinced that’s what they were. “Most of ‘em were either elbows to the head or going for loose ball or hitting your head on the floor,” Cunningham said. “As they’ve come to realize, once you have a few of them, it becomes easy to get more. Not really having any protocol or anything like that for the doctors or coaches to follow, they might say, ‘OK, the next day you’re fine to go, when my brain definitely wasn’t able to go.’” Cunningham suffered more concussions at Tulsa. Cunningham missed the first part of his senior season but said Self was anxious to speed up the recovery process. “Suddenly, I was cleared to play,” Cunningham said. “I wanted to play. They needed me to be good.” Cunningham played in TU’s rout of Nebraska on Dec. 1, 1997, then in practice the next day, his career ended. “We were doing a pick drill, and I got somehow got flipped around,” said Cunningham, whose short-term memory is shaky but whose memory of long-ago events remains strong. “Our best player was Michael Ruffin; he weighed about 270. My head hit into his knee, and I just kind of plopped to the ground.” Cunningham knew this one was bad. It took awhile for him to even get up. He estimates he was mentally out of it for six hours. Cunningham went to see Dr. James Rodgers, a neurosurgeon whose son played on the TU team. Rodgers performed the first MRI on Cunningham, but it revealed nothing. Cunningham told Rodgers what had been happening. How the concussions were coming more frequently, without necessarily heavy contact. Cunningham asked the doctor if he would let his son play with a similar history. Rodgers said no. “That kind of helped me come to a decision,” Cunningham said. He would play basketball no more. His head hurt. He didn’t finish his schoolwork until July. “I just had no cognitive ability,” Cunningham said. But the headaches went away, and Cunningham went on about the business of life. Self, now at Kansas and one of the nation’s top coaches, is crestfallen at what’s happened to his former player. “This is terrible to say, but I don’t know that we as basketball coaches concerned ourselves close to the level that we are now,” Self said of concussion awareness. “Although we don’t have our arms around it, we’ve got a much better understanding of it. Obviously, today things would be handled so differently. “This was a thriving, tough-ass, 6-7, 230-pound strong man. To see what he’s going through now…” * * * Angela and J.R. met on a blind date, at a George Strait concert. She was a teacher in Lewisville, he a pharmaceutical rep working in Oklahoma City. They hit it off, he asked to be transferred to the Dallas area in 2000 and they were married in 2002. Soon enough, children Braedyn (now 10), Rylan (8) and Ashlynn (6) followed. Life was good. Cunningham was successful and healthy. He worked out, even played some basketball, trimmed down from his playing weight of 225. But Angela didn’t know that her husband still didn’t feel right, even though he told her from the start about the depression medication Dr. Rodgers had put him on. “It did get better,” Cunningham said from that last Tulsa concussion. “I got over it and had some cognitive ability, but I wouldn’t say my brain has been right since then. I would notice things, even with memory, I could see where it was slipping a little bit.” And then Cunningham fell and passed out at a business meeting in June 2011. He felt sheepish. Tried to wave off the ambulance. But by that night, Cunningham learned he had a blood clot in his leg and two clogged lungs. “I was very lucky to be alive,” he said. Cunningham went back to work a few months later but the headaches persisted and he kept falling. Doctors have told him that when the pain reaches a certain level, down he goes. Cunningham has a pump attached to his body for pain medication that helps some. He figures he’s fallen 30 times in the last three years, including once down the stairs, which injured his back and compounded his health problems. Cunningham went on long-term disability, which he’s grateful for but which has severely cut his family’s income. The Cunninghams lost their home and now rent a house in this nice suburb south of Denton. “It’s been tough,” said Angela Cunningham. “It’s affected the kids. He can’t do the stuff with the kids he wants to do. It’s been difficult. It was like overnight, everybody takes on different roles in the house.” Cunningham has been to the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, seeking relief. Not much hope is offered. Cunningham has tried to join concussion study projects at Boston University, Vanderbilt and the University of Texas-Dallas. He says he’s been rejected because he wasn’t a football player. In March, the Cunninghams saw a commercial for Houston attorney Jeff Raizner, who has clients suffering from concussion-related conditions. Raizner said there are some class-action lawsuits pending that address medical monitoring for former athletes suffering from post-concussion syndrome, but those cases “won’t address the obvious financial and family impacts, the personal injuries that J.R. and other men and women have experienced. It really is inadequate.” Raizer said there are important distinctions between NFL players and college athletes. “NFL players have workers compensation and union representation,” Raizner said. “College athletes don’t have either one of those. That places a greater responsibility with the NCAA to be candid with these athletes. There is no safety net.” Cunningham said suing the NCAA, instead of individual schools, is proper “because I don’t think the NCAA did a great job of teaching the coaches and the trainers. The doctors don’t really come into effect in basketball practice. There’s not that knowledge out there to protect the player as I think there should have been.” Cunningham tried to keep his problems to himself. Self and de la Garza didn’t even know how badly Cunningham was until contacted in the last few days. Self immediately called Cunningham and de la Garza planned to head for Texas to visit. “I honestly tried to keep it to myself for awhile,” Cunningham said. “I don’t want to use the word embarrassing, but when you’re going through financial issues and not able to work, it’s pretty hard on you mentally.” A couple of weeks ago, Cunningham sat in his house and told his story. Glimpses of his old personality shone through, despite the stuttering that has afflicted him. He remains a big sports fan — OU football, Thunder — and is proud that he played for men like Self and de la Garza. But the blood keeps clotting, and his head keeps hurting, and his memory comes and goes. And now his condition has even worsened. “I’m very much a worrier to start with,” Cunningham said. “My physical condition is a worry. I certainly worry for myself. But I worry more about what it’s doing to my kids and my wife. Because they don’t deserve this. They didn’t sign up for this.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
High school football: Norman North-Edmond Santa Fe highlight scrimmage action
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Aug 20, 2014A year ago this week, all eyes were on one high school scrimmage. Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North were set to meet as part of a four-team scrimmage with two of the top quarterbacks in the nation. A year later, Santa Fe's Justice Hansen is fighting for the backup job at Oklahoma and Norman North's David Cornwell is trying to climb the depth chart at Alabama. But the same scrimmage still has fans buzzing. Edmond Santa Fe, Norman North, Westmoore and Tulsa Union — four of the best teams in the state — will all be on the turf at Norman's Harve Collins Field beginning at 3:50 p.m. Thursday. At 6, Westmoore will face Union in a game-like scrimmage, with Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North following at 7. Norman North once again has a Division I quarterback in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar, while Keaton Torre is behind center for Edmond Santa Fe. Only a junior, he already has an offer from Louisville and is expected to be one of the state's top players in the 2016 class. Westmoore, which made its rise toward the top of Class 6A last season, has perhaps the state's best group of wide receivers, led by Louisville commit Dahu Green. Here's a list of notable scrimmages involving Oklahoma City-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Tuttle at Cache McGuinness at Lawton MacArthur Southeast, Bridge Creek at Little Axe Chandler, Western Heights at McLoud Edmond Santa Fe, Westmoore, Tulsa Union at Norman North Millwood, Purcell at Plainview Del City at Putnam City North Edmond North, Deer Creek at Putnam City West Friday Midwest City, Mustang at Muskogee Noble at Ardmore Harrah, Newcastle at Bethany Washington, Crooked Oak, Holdenville at Bethel Southmoore at Carl Albert Christian Heritage, U.S. Grant at Casady Shawnee, Tecumseh, Sand Springs at Choctaw Dibble at Community Christian Destiny Christian at Coyle Thomas at Crescent Rush Springs at Crossings Christian Moore at Edmond Memorial Clinton at El Reno Putnam City at Enid Cashion at Hennessey Holland Hall at Heritage Hall Luther, Summit Christian at Kiefer Douglass, Guthrie, Tulsa Kelley at Langston Jones, Cushing at Meeker Apache at Minco Marlow at Pauls Valley Perkins-Tryon at Perry Kingfisher at Piedmont Mount St. Mary at OCS Yukon, Tulsa Washington, Jenks at Sapulpa Lexington at Wayne
On Tuesday I made a last-minute appearance on KREF with host Chris Joseph to talk some high school football. The conversation centered mostly on some of the state’s top teams entering the season, but we also focused on Edmond memorial star Warren Wand. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Talking football practice, Warren Wand on KREF-1400 AM
Jacob Unruh | Aug 13, 2014On Tuesday I made a last-minute appearance on KREF with host Chris Joseph to talk some high school football. The conversation centered mostly on some of the state’s top teams entering the season, but we also focused on Edmond memorial star Warren Wand. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Cox schedule includes telecasts during first four weeks of the playoffs
Media notes: Tulsa Union, Broken Arrow to make four appearances each on Cox high school football schedule
Aug 6, 2014Cox announces high school football schedule Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make four appearances each in the Cox Communications high school football telecast package. The schedule for the The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) includes the Tulsa Union-Jenks game, generally considered the state’s biggest rivalry game, on Sept. 12. Southmoore, Owasso, Bixby, Jenks and Norman North are scheduled to make two appearances each. Several dates will be filled later in the season. Cox has scheduled two games for both Oct. 16 and Oct. 24. On Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North will air in Oklahoma City and Owasso at Tulsa Union will air in Tulsa. The other game will air on delay. On Oct. 24, Cox will air either Bixby at Tulsa Washington or Jenks at Broken Arrow. The other game will air on delay. All the games also will be streamed live at www.coxhshub.com. The Cox schedule includes playoff games on Nov. 14, Nov. 21 and Nov. 28 and state championship games the weekend of Dec. 5-6. Oklahoma City area announcers will be Steve Marshall, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Kaycee Boles. Tulsa area announcers will be Nathan Thompson, analyst Rod Thompson and sideline reporter Mike Ziegenhorn. The Cox HS Hub Game of the Week schedule also was released. Those games will be webcast at www.coxhshub.com. Steve Marshall and Josh Helmer will share play-by-play duties with analyst Mike Whaley. Cox Channel 3/703 schedule (All games start at 7 p.m.) Sept. 4, Edmond Memorial at Southmoore. Sept. 5, Owasso at Broken Arrow. Sept. 11, Bixby at East Central. Sept. 12, Tulsa Union at Jenks. Sept. 18, Norman at Moore. Sept. 19, Broken Arrow at Tulsa Union. Sept. 26, Owasso at Norman North. Oct. 3, Bishop McGuinness at Deer Creek. Oct. 9, Tulsa Union at Southmoore. Oct. 10, Open. Oct. 16, Norman North at Edmond North. Oct. 16, Owasso at Tulsa Union. Oct. 24, Bixby at Tulsa Washington. Oct. 24, Jenks at Broken Arrow. Oct. 30, Broken Arrow at Edmond Santa Fe. Oct. 31, Carl Albert at Guthrie. Nov. 7, Open. Cox HS Hub Game of the Week Sept. 5, Lindsey at Purcell. Sept. 12, Mooreland at Cashion. Sept. 19, Yukon at Deer Creek. Sept. 28, Newcastle at Cache. Oct. 3, Tuttle at Bristow. Oct. 10, Fredrick at Washington or TBA. Oct. 16, Nowata at Vian. Oct. 24, Kellyville at Lincoln Christian. Oct. 31, Altus at Duncan. Nov. 7, TBA. Short takes Westmoore High School football games and OU baseball and softball games and will air on the Tyler Media’s new The Franchise 2, KEBC-AM 1560 and FM 92.9. Program director Buddy Wiley said select OU baseball and softball games also will air on The Franchise 107.7. WWLS-FM 98.1, The Sports Animal, has received rights to air the Westwood One NFL and NCAA football broadcasts. WWLS will air NFL primetime games on Sunday, Thursday and Monday. WWLS also will also air Sunday doubleheader games and all playoff games. Program director Dax Davis said the station also will carry NCAA football games from Westwood One. Sideline reporter Erin Andrews is joining Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on Fox’s No.1 NFL broadcast team. The trio’s first game will be San Francisco at Dallas at 3:25 p.m. Sept. 7. Other Fox teams include Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver; Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale; Thom Brennaman, David Diehl and Laura Okmin; and Kenny Albert, Daryl “Moose” Johnston and Tony Siragusa. Dick Stockton and reporter Kristina Pink will work with analysts Donovan McNabb, Brady Quinn and Kirk Morrison, who will alternate. By Mel Bracht
The Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Famer guided the Eagles to a 170-96 record and the Class 4A state championship in 1976.
Tributes: Del City football coaching legend Henry Manning dies at age 75
By Scott Munn | Jul 27, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Legendary Del City football coach Henry Manning died Monday morning. He was 75. Manning’s wife, Barbara, said the retired coach suffered from diabetes for several years and also had a pacemaker. “He had been in and out of the hospital,” Barbara Manning said. “It (diabetes) had just gotten progressively worse.” Manning was in coaching for 39 years, including 24 at Del City. He guided the Eagles to a 170-96 record and the Class 4A state championship in 1976. Del City only had four losing seasons under Manning, who retired after the 1998-99 school year. He coached Del City greats such as Smokey McCarthey, Steve Hammond, Ken Oleson, Kenny Davis, Oliver Brown, David Frolich, Mike Woods and Bennie Butler. There were many others who contributed to Del City’s success, too. “He always thought he had the dream job,” Barbara Manning said. Coach Manning was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. Del City honored the coach in 2005 by opening the Henry Manning Center, which sits adjacent to Kalsu Stadium on the school campus. Barbara Manning said funeral services will be scheduled later in the week. *Dr. Benny Hill, 79, of Santa Fe, N.M., played basketball for Rocky High School in the 1950s. He earned a scholarship to play Division I ball under coach Abe Lemons at Oklahoma City University. Already married, he chose to stay close to home and attended Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford. Hill focused on academics instead of basketball; he eventually worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico. *Price Pooler, 81, of Norman played football at Capitol Hill High School. *Alan Greenberg, 86, of Manhattan, N.Y., was an Oklahoma City native who earned a football scholarship to play at Oklahoma. The former Classen High star suffered a back injury, ending his college sports career. He transferred to Missouri with a focus on someday working on Wall Street. He succeeded. Greenberg was hired by Bear Stearns, where he went from clerk to chairman. A national champion bridge player whose opponents over the years included Warren Buffett and Malcolm Forbes. *Bud Breeding, 92, of Oklahoma City was instrumental in bringing the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show to Oklahoma City. A member of the AQHA and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse halls of fame. The World War II and Korean War veteran spent 68 years in the insurance business. *Bill Abbott, 70, Oklahoma City was an electrician at Tinker Air Force Base for 30 years. During retirement, he spent time teaching gun and hunting safety courses. *Wilma Barrios McNeill, 91, of Oklahoma City held Oklahoma State football season tickets for more than 40 years. *Larry Hurst, 65, played football and ran track at Sand Springs High School. He went on to play halfback for Northeastern A&M Junior College, helping the Golden Norse to a national championship in 1967. Hurst spent three seasons as an assistant football coach at Del City High School, and he was head football coach at Blackwell High over the 1978-81 seasons, before going into administration. He was an assistant principal at Edmond Memorial High School and principal at Sheridan High School in northern Wyoming. Although he served as Sheridan’s principal, Hurst continued to coach, helping with the varsity, junior varsity and freshmen squads. *Korky Ketchum, 50, played baseball at Lawton High School. Played softball as an adult. *Dean Bartee, 92, of Adair was a champion skeet shooter. *Stan Deardeuff, 81, of Oklahoma City was in the insurance business for 55 years. The OU graduate was a founding member of the Allstate Wrestling Association, which conducted a state tournament for junior high wrestlers. Deardeuff also helped organize junior wrestling tournaments at the Northside YMCA. He was inducted into the Oklahoma chapter of National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 for lifetime service. *Albert DeFrees, 91, of Bartlesville played baseball and basketball at Jarbalo High School in his native Kansas. *Loyd Schamburg, 81, played basketball at Vici High School, helping the Indians qualify for the state tournament in 1951. *Bruce Palmer, 53, of Oklahoma City played football at U.S. Grant High School. He earned a football scholarship to Central Oklahoma. *Rick Parkins, 57, of Fairview was a landscape architect. He helped design sports fields for Edmond Parks and Recreation. *Bradon Playford, 16, played football, basketball and baseball for Sapulpa High School. He also wrestled one season for the Chieftains. *Claude Hamon, 73, of Oklahoma City was a standout football player at Harding High School. He played on the line for Oklahoma, lettering in 1960 and 1961. Hamon was a firefighter by trade and an avid golfer in his spare time, winning championships at Lake Hefner and Surrey Hills Country Club. *Louis Raymond, 90, of Norman was a medal-winning swimmer at the Senior Olympics. The World War II veteran and Kansas State graduate swam every day at the YMCA; he won gold medals at the Senior Games at age 82. *Rebecca Zellner Fluitt, 88, of Midwest City played high school basketball at Dickson and Ardmore. *Walter Bower, 77, of Oklahoma City was an attorney for 37 years. He was an automobile enthusiast who raced as an amateur in Sports Car Club of America events. Bower also spent time restoring antique cars.
Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4:...
The Oklahoman's Super 30: Full list for the Class of 2015
Jul 26, 2014Here’s a look at the full list for The Oklahoman’s Super 30 for the Class of 2015, which ranks the state’s high school recruits. Our final preseason Super 30 will be released in our statewide high school football preview section, coming in the Aug. 24 edition of The Oklahoman. No. 1: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady No. 2: Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton No. 3: Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City No. 4: Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks No. 5: Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore No. 6: John Kolar, QB, Norman North No. 7: Darryel Patterson, DB, Lawton No. 8: Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland No. 9: McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro No. 10: Josh Little, DE, Millwood No. 11: Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial No. 12: Michael Anderson, DE, Owasso No. 13: Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton No. 14: Davion Freeman, WR/DB, Del City No. 15: Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko No. 16: Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling No. 17: Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison No. 18: Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee No. 19: Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher No. 20: Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall No. 21: John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee No. 22: Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial No. 23: Denver Johnson, WR, Casady No. 24: Dameko Doddles, DB, Douglass No. 25: Aaron McKinney, DB/LB, Midwest City No. 26: J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe No. 27: Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North No. 28: Kalin Sadler, WR, Lawton No. 29: Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City No. 30: T.J. Harris, DE, Tulsa Washington
Jul 16, 2014
Oklahoma high school football fans certainly know about Wand, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound human highlight reel at running back. It’s college recruiters who appear slow to take notice. That’s where warrenwand.com comes in.
Super 30: Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand turns to website to 'get his name out there'
BY JACOB UNRUH | Jul 16, 2014EDMOND — Edmond Memorial football coach Justin Merideth admits he was a little surprised earlier this season when a website promoting running back Warren Wand surfaced. But after talking with Wand, it all made sense that warrenwand.com was up and running. “He’s had two really good seasons and the whole point was just to get his name out there and make sure people knew about him,” Merideth said. Oklahoma high school football fans certainly know about Wand, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound human highlight reel at running back who is ranked No. 11 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30. It’s college recruiters who appear slow to take notice, and largely due to his height. “Probably a little bit, but I’m not mad,” Wand said about his height deterring recruiters. “It’s understandable. With the offers on the table right now, I’m not angry or anything. If colleges don’t come, then they don’t come and I’ll just choose what I have.” Wand has scholarship offers from Arkansas State, New Mexico and Southern Mississippi. He just wants more, and that’s why he and his family started the website hoping to avoid falling through the cracks in recruitment. The home page features large pictures of Wand in action, his YouTube highlight reel from last season, his Twitter feed and a giant headline that reads, “This is … Warren Wand!” There’s an information page showing his football rèsumè, including a 450-pound deep squat in April. There’s also a page listing his academic information, a page of videos, a page showing articles written about him and ways to contact him. It’s a modern-day approach of self-promotion. “From looking at 2014’s recruiting class, I was just looking around, searching people up and a few guys had websites,” Wand said. “I look at it more towards the season, maybe after the game a summary of how it went, what happened, all of those things (will be posted).” Wand said he hasn’t noticed much difference in recruiting since starting the website, but there is still plenty of time until February’s signing day. “I’ve gotten a few emails, but not a lot that just blow me away, that just catch my attention,” he said. “I haven’t seen it do any miracles right now, but hopefully in the long run it will.” Wand rushed for 1,769 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, numbers nearly identical to his sophomore season of 1,812 yards and 15 touchdowns. It’s those numbers he may have to duplicate to get some bigger offers. “If he was maybe a few inches taller, I think there would be more schools interested than there are now,” Merideth said. “I think if he goes out and shows again for the third straight year in 6A football that he’s capable of putting up big numbers and making big plays, I think more schools will be involved.”
EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Soceity. Activities: Young Democrats president. Latin Club. New...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 3
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014EDMOND MEMORIAL: MADDI LITTLE Athletics: Finished sixth or better every year at state tennis, including runner-up in No. 2 doubles as a freshman. Second-team All-City as a freshman, monorable mention All-City tennis as a sophomore and junior Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.2. National Honor Soceity. Activities: Young Democrats president. Latin Club. New student mentor. Swine Week leader. Mercy Hospital Community Champion Award. Quote: “I have always admired Maddi’s ability to roll with the punches and keep her cool in challenging situations.” — Amanda Fairbairn, tennis coach College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Charlie Dutton, Ricki Scheef EDMOND SANTA FE: GARRETT GREENWOOD Athletics: Three-year varsity baseball starter. Team captain as a senior. Perfect Game USA Underclass All-American. Academics: Scored 34 on the ACT, 2140 on the SAT. Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Valedictorian. National Merit Scholar finalist. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team. Quote: “He long ago earned the respect of his peers and teachers. Garrett is one of the most outstanding young men I have known in my 18 years as an educator.” — Deanna Fleck, counselor College choice: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Also nominated: Karlie Hamman GUTHRIE: CONNER HOWARD Athletics: Second-team All-City in wrestling as a senior. Third place (185 pounds) at state as a senior, second (220) as a junior. Member of two state championship teams in football. Member of four state qualifying teams in baseball. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. Scored 25 on the ACT. Activities: Student council. Senior class president. Junior Prom Committee. United Week leader. Think Pink Week leader. Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle leader. Boys’ State. Quote: “He is the best role model of a student that a school could want.” — Annie Chadd, counselor College choice: Undecided Also nominated: None HARDING CHARTER PREP: SAIBRA JOURNEY Athletics: Received the track team’s Most Versatile Athlete Award. Three years varsity track. One year varsity basketball. Also played volleyball. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Scholastic Achievement Award. Activities: Key Club. Teen Service Board of Youth Services of Oklahoma County. Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled. Muscular Dystrophy Association camp counselor. Quote: “I know that Saibra has faced adversity and has continued to show her will to drive and stride forward and not accept failure as an option.” — Joe Hughes, counselor College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None HARRAH: CARLI BISHOP Athletics: Placed in the top 10 in three events at the state swimming meet as a senior when her team finished third. Placed in the top 10 in two events as a junior. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society service officer. Mu Alpha Theta president. Academic All-State. OU Freshman Engineering Scholarship. OU Distinguished Scholar. Activities: Saxophone. Community service. Quote: “She is a mentor and a leader to her teammates with her attitude and dedication.” — Gwena Dixon, swimming coach College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: Riley Bunyard, Darian Hill HERITAGE HALL: MEREDITH ZERBY Athletics: Three-time honorable mention All-City in cross country. Finished in the top 20 at state every year, including fourth place as a sophomore. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City track in the 3,200 meters. Member of state qualifiying basketball team as a senior. Academics: Scored 29 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. National Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta. Spanish Honor Society. Activities: Student council. Class treasurer. Pep Club president. Peer leader. Quote: “In spite of her many responsibilities, Meredith regularly honors friends with her elaborate, homemade birthday cards.” — Donna Giasson, math teacher College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Lindsey Grace, Peter LeForce JOHN MARSHALL: MALIK FOXX Athletics: Honorable mention Class 4A All-State and honorable mention Little All-City in basketball as a senior. Member of two state championship teams and one state runner-up in basketball while attending Centennial. Honorable mention Little All-City high jump in track as a junior when he finished third at state. Varsity cross country for two years. Academics: Grade point average of 3.3. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class. National Honor Society. Activities: Student council. Quote: “He is always kind and courteous to others.” — Chad Campbell, basketball coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Jabril Clay JONES: TEDDI HOMAN Athletics: Oklahoma Coaches Association Class 3A All-State in basketball as a senior. Two-time honorable mention Little All-City. Honorable mention All-City in cross country as a senior. Medalist at state track meet. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. National Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Key Club. Jones Against Drugs. Planet Earth. Quote: “The trait that sets Teddi apart from others is her character. In my 18 years at Jones, I have truly never met a young person with the determination and work ethic that she possesses.” — David Quinn, track coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: None
Toward the end of Kenneth McGruder’s junior year at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, the letters started flowing in. Oregon State. Texas Tech. Missouri. Ohio State. LSU and more. They were all after McGruder, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety. McGruder committed to Oklahoma State on June 10. He knew there was a good outlook for immediate playing time at his position. He heard positive words from...
Unofficial visits a 'necessary evil' in college football
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer | Jun 28, 2014Toward the end of Kenneth McGruder’s junior year at Alief Taylor High School in Houston, the letters started flowing in. Oregon State. Texas Tech. Missouri. Ohio State. LSU and more. They were all after McGruder, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety. McGruder committed to Oklahoma State on June 10. He knew there was a good outlook for immediate playing time at his position. He heard positive words from incoming OSU freshmen Chris Hardeman and Keenan Brown, McGruder’s high school teammates. McGruder, though, hasn’t been to Stillwater, never walked the OSU campus or toured Boone Pickens Stadium. He wants to go, for sure. He said he hopes he can come in July. “Me and my mom are trying to come up with a way,” McGruder said. “I want to take it, I’m just waiting on my mom to try to come up with the money to take me up there.” On the other end of the spectrum is JR Hensley, a three-star offensive line recruit at Edmond Santa Fe. His brother, Ty, was also highly recruited before deciding to pursue baseball — Ty went to the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. JR Hensley went on unofficial college visits with his brother, and long before anyone knew who he was, he had been to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Texas, you name it. Now one of the state’s best players in his own right, Hensley is going all over on visits. OU, OSU, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas, even Arkansas and a couple of other non-Big 12 schools. “My mom and dad, they spent a lot of money for me and my brother to go and pursue our dreams,” Hensley said. “Camps, transportation, the stuff that we’ve got to do … You really have to throw it up to mom and dad for helping out. “Some kids aren’t that privileged, and you’re really at a disadvantage, honestly.” Hensley knows because he’s seen the ins and outs of big-time recruiting for years. “There’s hundreds of other 6-foot-5, 300-pound kids across the nation, so it’s like if you’re not going to take the time for them, they’re probably not going to take the time for you,” he said. “That’s just how it is. It seems like every place I’ve been to, it’s not about football. It’s more like a business. “It’s about who can get the bigger cattle, who can get the best, who can get the five-stars, who can get the four-stars, who can get the cream of the crop. It’s constant, everyone is attacking everyone. Coaches are sabotaging other coaches. It’s crazy.” In 2012, Maurice Smith Sr. — father of Alabama cornerback Maurice Smith — told ESPN.com the family spent $14,511.87 for his son to visit eight schools ranging from Alabama to Utah. NCAA rules prevent colleges or any third party from paying for unofficials visits. Recruits can get three free tickets to a game, but food, travel and anything else comes out of pocket. As for official visits, players can visit up to five schools with all expenses paid, but can’t take officials until their senior year of high school. McGruder, though, won’t tell you that’s unfair. Just as Hensley is appreciative of his situation, McGruder accepts his. “I think it is what it is,” he said. “Some people ain’t got it like other people got it. That’s why you have to work hard to get out of it.” Warren Wand, a running back from Edmond Memorial, is trying to prove himself to schools. That’s why he took the initiative to ask Southern Miss coaches if he could visit over spring break. “You have to show interest,” Wand said. “They show interest in you, you want to show interest back for them to know you might like to come to their school. That way maybe they’ll keep showing interest.” This can be catch-22 for recruits in a position where college coaches hold the power. They want recruits younger and younger, athletes are pressured to pay for big camps and to take visits. Especially for players such as Wand trying to make a name for themselves, choosing not to can have consequences. However, choosing to do all that doesn’t come with guarantees. “It can put kids in a bind,” said Jody Jordan, McGruder’s coach at Alief Taylor. “I had one kid that went all the way to somewhere, they encouraged him to go, and he went there and then they never offered him.” That’s why unofficial visits are one of the NCAA’s biggest problems. Violations involving coaches or facilitators paying for recruits to visit schools have been going on for years. Hensley said from what he’s seen, the NCAA is trying to crack down. He said coaches aren’t breaking rules, but they are finding loopholes. “They work the system,” Hensley said. “They put out the biggest spread you’ll ever see of every food you could possibly think of for $6, because $6 is the NCAA minimum.” Mike Fecci, who coaches four-star OSU commit Ronald Jones at McKinney North in Texas, encourages his top players to take unofficials if at all possible. “I think unofficial visits are vital, and I mean that because you’re not going to buy a car or house without looking at it first,” Fecci said. “You’re not going to go buy something like that just because you heard it’s good. But I don’t think it’s right that only the rich kids get to do that.” The problem with players waiting until they become eligible for officials is that in today’s game, top recruits commit as juniors, and coaches are already planning to allocate those scholarships. Jones, though, thinks he has a solution. “I just think they should move the date for officials up to the summer or even March to give kids like me an opportunity to visit out-of-state so they can make a fully educated decision,” Jones said. Those involved from the high school perspective agree the system is broken. But in a college football world ruled filled with scandal and controversy, there’s not always an easy fix. “I think (unofficials) are a necessary evil,” Fecci said. “I just wish there was a way they could pay for something.”
May 31, 2014
Scott Case, 52, played 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, which is why his daughter, Alabama left fielder Kallie Case grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee.
WCWS: Former OU defensive back Scott Case back home to watch his daughter play for Alabama
BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | May 31, 2014Former OU defensive back Scott Case played at Edmond Memorial back when Edmond had only one high school. Case, 52, played a dozen seasons in the NFL. He spent 11 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, which is why his daughter, Alabama left fielder Kallie Case, grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee. Following an All-Big Eight senior season in 1983, Case recorded 960 tackles and 30 interceptions during his NFL career (1984-1995). Q: What’s it like to return to your home state to watch your daughter play in the Women’s College World Series? A: This is the pinnacle of college softball. For her to get to play in the World Series in my old stomping grounds, you can’t ask for anything better. My wife, Connie, is from Grove. There were a lot of Cases in the crowd (Friday night) and more are trying to come watch Kallie throughout the weekend. It’s sort of like a family reunion at Hall of Fame Stadium. How difficult was it to not cheer for the Sooners Friday night in an opening-round WCWS matchup? It was the first time I’ve ever rooted against the Sooners in anything. I’ve always have been, and will always be, a diehard OU fan. I still watch nearly every (football) game on TV back in Georgia. I wanted both teams to play well but with Kallie playing I obviously wanted (Alabama) to win. Elaborate on how Kallie became a Thunder fan. All four of my kids have adopted the Thunder. Me and my wife were Oklahoma born and bred and will always be Oklahomans. When Oklahoma City got a team they became our team. My kids wear a lot of Thunder stuff in Atlanta. In fact, my entire family is stocking up on Thunder gear while we’re in town for the World Series. What’s your reaction to Kallie saying you were her idol growing up? This is her time to shine. We’re so grateful she’s getting to play for such a great program and experience something like this. Let’s be honest, in softball there’s no WNBA. There’s some pro softball leagues but this is the ultimate if you don’t play for Team USA. For her to play at this high of a level, especially as a sophomore, we’re all so proud. And she’s having a blast.
May 25, 2014
Here’s a look at our updated Super 30 as of Monday, May 26.
Oklahoman Super 30 list of the state's top high school football recruits
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | May 25, 20141. Jalin Barnett, OL, Lawton, 6-4, 310 Top programs coast to coast are still pursuing the giant Wolverine. 2. Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Casady, 6-3, 310 Still piling up offers since his decommitment from OU. 3. Will Sunderland, DB, Midwest City, 6-3, 194 Named the top DB at the Rivals camp in Dallas this spring. 4. Marquise Overton, DT, Jenks, 6-2, 300 The OU commitment can plug the middle as well as anyone. 5. Dahu Green, WR, Westmoore, 6-3, 190 After his breakout junior year, Green has remained on the rise, with Tulsa and Southern Miss among his 15 offers. 6. John Kolar, QB, Norman North, 6-4, 190 In September, he was starting at receiver. In February, he committed to OSU as a QB. 7. Darreyl Patterson, DB, Lawton, 6-0, 165 Like Green, Patterson has been gathering offer after offer, with Memphis the latest to come. 8. Austin Cantrell, DE, Roland, 6-3, 220 Landed an Arkansas offer and promptly committed. 9. McKinley Whitfield, ATH, Spiro, 6-4, 195 Ten offers in the last two weeks for the freakishly athletic Whitfield. 10. Warren Wand, RB, Edmond Memorial, 5-7, 170 (UP) Southern Miss, New Mexico and Arkansas State have extended offers to the class’ most explosive RB. 11. Tramayne Wauahdooah, LB, Anadarko, 6-3, 200 Tulsa was the first to offer a scholarship to the head hunter. 12. Josh Little, DE, Millwood, 6-4, 230 Another fast riser on the recruiting scene, with more big-school offers looming. 13. Marquiz Simpkins, RB, Clinton, 5-10, 185 Recruitment had gone quiet but is picking back up again with Southern Miss extending an offer recently. 14. Riley Daniel, OL, Ringling, 6-6, 310 Making his case as the top OL in the class with Tulsa and North Texas offers already. 15. Akylen Mayfield, ATH, Tulsa Edison, 6-2, 190 Incredibly athletic, Mayfield recently got his first offer from Arkansas State. 16. Davion Freeman, DB, Del City, 5-10, 160 His speed and versatility make Freeman desirable. New Mexico is the latest to extend an offer. 17. Tristan Wyatt, OL, Shawnee, 6-5, 290 The Wolves’ big, talented tackle recently received an offer from Tulsa. 18. Connor McGinnis, QB, Heritage Hall, 6-5, 190 His big body, good arm and athletic ability keep McGinnis on the recruiting radar, though no offers have come in yet. 19. John Jacobs, QB, Shawnee, 6-1, 220 Jacobs settled on East Carolina earlier this month. 20. Robert Charlton, DB, Edmond Memorial, 5-10, 170 Speedster has Tulsa and South Dakota offers, with more programs lurking. 21. Aaron McKinney, ATH, Midwest City, 6-4, 190 One of three Bomber defensive players with an offer already, McKinney likely is a LB at the next level. 22. Caileb Booze, LB, Edmond North, 6-3, 205 A physical specimen, Booze is still waiting for that first offer. 23. Kaden Jackson, OL, Kingfisher, 6-2, 265 New Mexico and North Texas have extended offers to the powerfully built Jackson, who is on his way to being a four-year Yellowjacket starter. 24. J.R. Hensley, OL, Edmond Santa Fe, 6-4, 285 Hensley’s big body continues to draw plenty of interest from a variety of programs. 25. Dameko Doddles, ATH, Douglass, 6-2, 185 Emerged as a playmaker down the stretch last season and has continued to impress with his athletic ability this offseason. 26. Denver Johnson, WR, Casady, 6-3, 205 Good size in a recruiting class without many big receiver prospects. 27. Roscoe Gatewood, DB, Midwest City, 5-9, 185 Height could bring some questions, but his strength and speed certainly don’t. 28. Dillon Lohr, ATH, Carl Albert, 6-1, 195 Physically impressive athlete with a versatile skill set that will keep him prominent in the recruiting game. 29. Dakota Troglin, TE, Southmoore, 6-4, 240 No offers yet, but drawing interest from a variety of big programs. 30. Dejai Johnson, DT, Midwest City, 6-0, 280 Strong defensive tackle just broke through with his first offer, from Air Force.